Mice

Looking for professional advice on how to get rid of mice in the house or office? Mice are more than an inconvenience; they can be a serious health risk and also cause damage to items such as wood, plastic and wiring.

Call the Rentokil mouse control experts on +258 840 549 348 or +258 21 084 736 or email us for advice or to arrange a visit from your local technician. Trust Rentokil to put mouse control solutions in place and prevent future mice infestations.

The dangers that mice pose to your home and business:

Potential harm that can be caused by mice that inhabit your home:

  • Harmful illnesses such as salmonella and Weil's disease are commonly spread by rodents.
  • Mice contaminate the food that they come into contact with, and that can be detrimental to your health.
  • A mouse can do significant damage to your home or furniture by gnawing through wood and plastic, and can even cause fires by chewing through electrical wiring.

Mouse Fact: As they move mice leave a trail of urine, the smell of which is noticeable in cupboards and lofts.

The risks of mice to your business:

  • Not only do the presence of mice cause alarm, but seeing mice may also lead to a loss of trust from your employees and customers.
  • Mice can cause damage to goods, foodstuffs and your health and hygiene reputation
  • The cost of a mouse infestation can be substantial, as temporary closure may be required
  • Failure to comply with legislation can also result in business shutdown, additional costs incurred, as well as a negative impact on your company reputation.

Mice

How to spot if you have a mice infestation:

  • Droppings - Mouse droppings are small and dark (around 3 - 8 mm in length).
  • Grease (smear) marks  - Smear marks are caused by the fur of mice constantly brushing against walls, floors and skirting on regular routes.
  • Urine pillars - In established or heavy infestations, body grease, combined with dirt and urine, builds up into small mounds, up to 4cm high and 1cm wide.
  • Scratching noises - People often hear unusual scratching noises at night when mice are most active.
  • Nests - Mice use easy-to-shred materials, together with other soft materials, to line their nests with. Check lofts, ceilings, under floorboards and behind fridges and underneath stoves.
  • Footprints - Rodent tracks and tail marks can show up in dusty environments such as unused lofts and basements.
  • Live or dead mice - Noticing mice during the daytime can be an indication of a heavy mice infestation.
  • Strong smell - Mice urinate frequently and their urine has a strong ammonia-like smell which can be very pungent near the main site of activity or in enclosed spaces.

Mice Species The House Mouse (Mus domesticus)

The House Mouse is 7 – 9.5cm in length. They have around 8 litters a year and reach sexual maturity in 8 – 12 weeks from birth. The House Mouse is usually ground living and burrowing, but often climbs. Their food of preference is cereal and they will eat around 3g of food per day and can survive without any additional water. They will drink up to 3ml a day if their diet is particularly dry.

How to get rid of mice:

  • Build a first line of defense: Proof your home to avoid a mouse problem. Did you know that because mice have soft skeletons they can fit through holes the width of a pencil? It’s important to seal any holes to the exterior and fit bristle strip around doors, and ensure that any cracks and crevices that aid entry into your premises are sealed.
  • Vegetation: Trim tree branches back from the house and where possible avoid plants growing up the sides of your property. Shrubs or overhanging branches can be used for mice to get onto roofs.
  • Store food away: It is important not to attract mice with food. Where possible, store food in plastic or metal containers. Regularly clean under cookers, fridges and cupboards.
  • Mouse Traps and Mouse poison: A range of DIY options are available in your local supermarket that deals with a light mice infestation, such as mouse trap, rat trap and rat poison options that help to get rid of mice. However, we recommend treatment by our qualified pest control service technicians if the problem persists or for a heavier mice infestation.

Steps to take for professional mouse control

While amateur DIY mouse control products are a cost effective way to get rid of mice, professional pest control is required for more established mice infestations or where there is a repeated mouse infestation.

Mice Monitor

  • Call Rentokil Pest Control on +258 840 549 348 or +258 21 084 736 or email us to ensure you receive the most effective method of mice control for your business or home.
  • Arrange immediate removal of mice using rodenticides put in place by the Rentokil pest control experts.
  • Get rodent proofing and design advice: we place rodent bait stations on your premises to ensure you get rid of mice effectively.
  • Schedule regular rodent control visits to prevent further outbreaks
  • Our Rentokil technicians will provide expert advice on how to get rid of mice in the future.

Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets. Trust Rentokil’s experts to put in place a targeted mouse control treatment that will ensure your home and business is rid of mice.

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